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Chaffin Family

First Generation

Children of Pleasant Chafin (1787-?) and Comfort Clemmons (1786-1855)
Dickerson Chafin (1810-?) m. Jane/Jinsey Clouse (abt. 1814-aft. 1870)
Arthur Chafin
Anna Chafin m. John Hunt

Second Generation

Children of Dickerson Chaffin and Jinsey Clouse,
William Chaffin (1834-aft. 1880) m. 1) Mary Ann Gard (ca. 1840-bef. 1880); 2) Zina Catherine Wright Methvin (abt. 1831-aft. 1880,
widow of Levi Methvin Jr., d/o William Wright and Clarasa (William moved to Prairie Co., AR
Betsy Ann Chaffin (1836-?) m. Enoch Jarvis (abt 1819-1863) moved to Prairie Co., AR
James D. Chaffin (1839-aft 1880) m. Polly A. Holyfield (1843-aft 1880) moved to Tyler, Prairie Co., AR
Edgar Chaffin (1841)
Francis Chaffin (1842)
Catherine Chaffin (1844)
Joseph Chaffin (1846)
Pleasant Chaffin (1849)
Martha "Mattie" Chaffin (1850-1912) m. Frank Leighton (1844-1886)
Mariah E. Chaffin (1854)

Enoch Jarvis first married Katie Syters and settled between Silas Creek and Little Creek on what was known as the Asa Jones place. He afterwards moved across to the west side of Silas Creek, perhaps to the place owned by Mr. John Wesner. In 1849 Enoch and Katie moved to Prairie County, Arkansas where Katie died in 1850. Enoch then married Betsey Ann Chaffin. He died in Prarie County, 1863.

Third Generation

James D. Chaffin and Polly A. Holyfield
Bettie J. Chafin (abt. 1867-aft. 1880)
William D. Chafin (abt. 1869-aft. 1880)

Are these Chaffins related to the Chaffins of NC?

Abstracts of Cumberland Co., VA Will Book 1 and 2 1749-1782, by Katherine Reynolds, at Ft. Wayne, IN Library, p. 50. (Will book page 84) Will of John Chaffin, dated 26 Jun 1767 Pro. 25 Jun 1773. My two sons, Christopher and Josua, my two daughters Rachel Smith and Ruth Bradley. Ex: son, Joseph Chaffin. Wit: Henry Macon, John Slaughter, Roberts Smith.

In VA/WV Gen. Data from Rev. War Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Records, Vol. 4, by Patrick G. Wardell, pub. Heritage Books. Page 183, Chaffin, Christopher, entered service from Cumberland Co., VA, received Pension age 76 (1833) in Tazewell Co., VA where he died 10 Oct 1836. Married 22 Aug 1778 Mary Ann Vawter, Powhatan Co., VA, present Nathan Chaffin. Widow received Pension age 79 (1841) in Clermont Co., OH when dau. Tabitha Harvey b. 22 Nov 1779 made Affidavit they she and mother had been there since Dec 1836. Widow pension increased in 1843 (age 82) same county.


Thanks to Virginia Flesher who did some great detective work to identify Zina C. Wright and contributed all of the information for this page. Virginia Flesher's e-mail is:

1850 Jackson County, AL Federal Census
1850 Prairie County, AR Federal Census
1860 Prairie County, AR Federal Census
1860 Fannin County, TX Federal Census
1870 Benton County, AR Federal Census
1880 Prairie County, AR Federal Census
Fannin Co., Texas Marriage Records

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